YAMUNA MOVES TOWARDS WARNING MARK
NEWDELHI: The water level in the Yamuna rose close to the warning level on Monday, after Haryana released nearly 30,000 cusecs of water into the Hathnikund barrage in five stages starting midnight, flood control officials said.
The water level recorded at Delhi’s Old Railway Bridge was 204.38 metres, flowing close to the warning level of 204.50 metres. This was after 5,883 cusecs water was released from Haryana’s Hathinikund barrage at 8am, said officials of the Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department. By 4pm, the water level had receded slightly and was at 204.30 metres. The I&FC officials said the water level has not risen beyond 204.38 metres since 8am and, unless Haryana releases a high volume of water, the level is likely to remain below the warning mark.
IMD has forecast heavy rains in northwest India on August 26 and 27.
Although the release of water into the barrage every four hours is a regular exercise, during monsoon, the volume is exponentially higher.